Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
This is Mo, the recycled draught excluding snake. He's made out of scraps of yarn from my Mum's knitting bag, old clothes I shredded to make the filling, and a couple of buttons from the shredded clothes to make his eyes.
He looks a bit dated and like something your grandma could have made, but I'm quite pleased for a first non-scarf project. He was really just an exercise in increasing and decreasing, and I even put in a bit of knitting on three needles to make his tongue (which looks ridiculous!)
I've always wanted to knit toys, and the thought behind Mo was that the kids can play with him but he'll also be useful for when they're not here.
Next, a family of penguins...
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
We found an old piece my Nan had been knitting and it made me so glad I'd got back into knitting now she's not here. It feels like a link between the generations, and reminds me of when she taught me.
There was also an old toy my Mum had started and was midway through. Looking closely at the stitches and seeing how simple it was made me feel much more confident that I can move on to more than scarves.
Mum then taught me how to do cables, and I was utterly surprised at how simple it was. When I saw the pictures in my stitch and bitch book and saw the three needles I thought I'd never be able to do it! Every time I try something new I'm blown away by how complicated it seems to start with and then how quickly it becomes something you barely have to think about.
I hope I never stop knitting again. Right now I'm addicted and I really want to keep it that way, even if my left hand is slowly turning into the claw of pain! I just hope I won't be one of those people who gets bored easily, or who messes up a project and throws it aside in frustration and then never comes back to it. It's like therapy, and I want to keep it!
Saturday, 4 October 2008
I know they're simple, but as much as I've wanted to move on to more complicated stuff I've also been aware that I need to learn to walk before I can run (and other clichees).
However, I told Phyllis about the scarves thinking she would be full of encouragement, and she just scoffed at the lengths I'd made ("that's too short!"), laughed at the fact that I'd only used one stitch ("what, the same stitch all the way through?!") and rubbed it in that she's knitting jumpers. She's been knitting for about seventy years and she can't muster up a bit of praise for a newbie?
My Mum was nice to me. She even said the one I don't like was pretty.
Anyway, it's stopping me from thinking about how tired I am and it's not too tiring in itself, so I shouldn't be bothered about people being crappy. It's my catharsis and even if what I knit is utter shit, it doesn't matter.
I think everyone's going to hate me when I give them all wonky scarves for every birthday and christmas for the rest of ever, though.
In other news, the Stitch 'n' Bitch book is marvellous. I feel like the whole knitting world is at my feet now!
Sair is the most thoughtful person in the world. Getting me back into knitting and introducing me to Ravelry was fantastic. I feel like I owe her a lot.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
I'm getting better at working out what size to look for and I don't feel like so much of a novice when I venture into the wool shop. I can speak to the staff without feeling as though I need their permission to pick up a pair of needles.
Speaking of which, I also bought some new needles in the Fabric sale. I might get some more while they're half-price, so I need to work out what would be useful. How do you work out which needles to invest in and which are going to serve you well for years to come?
See, I'm still a novice really. But the Stitch and Bitch book makes everything so much simpler!